Is it Possible to make a Good living with Microsites?

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I've heard of many failures but also a few who are "crushing" it. Apparently Goog is trying to get their oar in with some of their zoo characters. I've also heard of mini sites getting indexed within an hour, Is this BS?
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  • Profile picture of the author JC Web
    It's possible but there are many factors. You have to do sufficient research to determine interest/search volume, competition, monetization, etc. You also need to provide quality content. Of course you don't have to rely on google organic traffic for your site but that seems to be what you were asking about. So you should have active social media presence, no plr/spun content, original articles of significant length, relevant media, and avoid artificial/automated means to rank your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author DRP
    Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

    Is this BS?
    Yes, it's complete BS. You'll waste your time, money, energy, and fill the net with more garbage if you try building microsites/niche sites/sniper sites/whatever gooroos call them now.
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  • Profile picture of the author pietjeplukt
    Hi Jon, I would not waste my time on them, you can rank them in a day yes, but keeping them there is the hard part and not worth the time and effort for the return you will get, specially because it is not long term sustainable and not automated enough to make it worth while on the short term either, at least that's how i see it, you want to build a long term sustainable business that is the best ROI for your time, effort and money.
    Google's constant updates in algorythm will make it increasingly difficult for such strategies, and thats a GOOD thing.

    Build a business, don't try any shortcuts because you will end in the bushes

    good luck!
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    • Profile picture of the author Boris Qs
      Originally Posted by pietjeplukt View Post

      Hi Jon, I would not waste my time on them, you can rank them in a day yes, but keeping them there is the hard part and not worth the time and effort for the return you will get, specially because it is not long term sustainable and not automated enough to make it worth while on the short term either, at least that's how i see it, you want to build a long term sustainable business that is the best ROI for your time, effort and money.
      Google's constant updates in algorythm will make it increasingly difficult for such strategies, and thats a GOOD thing.

      Build a business, don't try any shortcuts because you will end in the bushes

      good luck!
      Ones I made money with one when the African Mango was still hot in the weight loss niche but that lasted just a month and I spent the next 3 months struggling to rank it after Google had displaced it.Spent the entire money I made from the site to build links and stuff but to no avail . Building a business is definitely the way to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author Synnuh
    The microsite train has passed. I wasted $30k figuring out that lesson.

    Add more content, get better links, it will work -- but it's a lot harder to reliably turn a profit these days.
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    There was a time when micro sites were a decent way to make money. You could make a small 5-10 page site with an exact match domain and rank highly for a low competition keyword within a week. Maybe make $100 a month off a tiny site that took 2 days to build and then just repeat the process a bunch of times for more profits.

    You might still be able to do this today but the success rates are much lower. Google is putting less importance on EMD's and more importance on quality content.

    I suppose if you can build a large number of authentic backlinks to a web page, it might rank highly even if it's on a micro site. But that requires the same SEO knowledge that is necessary to rank a large site as well. And since, all other things held equal, a large website tends to have its pages rank faster than a small website, you might as well focus all your effort on developing a single large site instead of multiple small sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author marguerite
      Originally Posted by Curtis2011 View Post

      There was a time when micro sites were a decent way to make money. You could make a small 5-10 page site with an exact match domain and rank highly for a low competition keyword within a week. Maybe make $100 a month off a tiny site that took 2 days to build and then just repeat the process a bunch of times for more profits.


      Funny story, I have a review I wrote on my blog that was getting traffic from Google for this three word keyword then I noticed after a while that I stop getting that traffic. When I went on Google I found that there's this guy who bought an exact match domain for the keyword, he's using the same theme and colors as my blog and even has a similar background image. He has 3 pages on his blog, 1 review article, 1 article with a video and 1 About me page.


      I have no idea if he's making any money from this but I know that he's getting traffic from Google.
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      • Profile picture of the author gtgart
        Originally Posted by marguerite View Post

        Funny story, I have a review I wrote on my blog that was getting traffic from Google for this three word keyword then I noticed after a while that I stop getting that traffic. When I went on Google I found that there's this guy who bought an exact match domain for the keyword, he's using the same theme and colors as my blog and even has a similar background image. He has 3 pages on his blog, 1 review article, 1 article with a video and 1 About me page.


        I have no idea if he's making any money from this but I know that he's getting traffic from Google.
        Yes, my experience too with EMD's. (Exact Match Domain) Just because it appears as if they are no longer working, you need to dig a little deeper to find out the truth. I have a client who I got to rank to #1 in about 12 weeks, using an EMD and he is still very high, #2 right now (one year later) for the keyword. Yes it is long tail and yes it is bringing traffic and sales for his business.



        You want to know why this is working and maybe some (many or most) other EMD's aren't?

        Clue: It's the name of his business.

        It would appear that Google are respecting EMD's as long as they are verifiably describing an actual business.

        How to apply to your mini site?

        Just make sure the Name of the site, the Contact details (including an email address), Privacy Policy, Disclaimer, Terms of Service, all outline the name of the business, which is the EMD. Google are placing a lot of focus on the importance of contact details with the new Panda Quality Score.

        I believe it also has a lot to do with the niche you are targeting. Google do treat some industry/niches with a tougher level of scrutiny, than others.

        Best advice, experiment and find out for yourself what is working, and see if the above is true or not. And as others have advised here, make sure you fill it with original, compelling content as you are building an IPA (income producing asset) that you want to last for years and years. My best site is making me over $1k per month, been up since 2009, requires little maintenance, and the money is produced from just 10k visitors, mostly coming from a couple of Youtube videos (I know we are talking about EMD's here, but just want to point out what a mini site can be worth the effort long term, regardless of the traffic source).

        And to answer the original question, is it possible to still make money with microsites? Yes Indeed.
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        • Profile picture of the author mistermint
          You can use simple landing pages, micro sites, niche sites but, the second you land on page 1 at the G..a spotty teenager will check your content manually..if your linking to an affiliate offer your site will be sent to hyper space..

          In fact anything that looks like competition to G and it's paying advertisers, it's curtains for marketers..

          This is not to say thin sites don't work, just don't rely on search engines for high volumes of traffic use social media sites for traffic..FB, YouTube etc..

          Also make sure you check your site on mobile devices..a great looking landing page with a can't resist offer such as CPA win a new mac book etc works on FB..

          Just my 10 cents..
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

    I've heard of many failures but also a few who are "crushing" it. Apparently Goog is trying to get their oar in with some of their zoo characters. I've also heard of mini sites getting indexed within an hour, Is this BS?
    Yeah, mini sites still work, and you can make good money with them. They are good for launches and for testing various niche markets that you're not sure you want to be in or completely devote your time to. In my experience, one of the major keys to success with a mini site is choosing the right product (one that will take off) or being able to get ranked for a bunch of longer-tail keywords with low competition that get substantial traffic when combined.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
    Let's make a list in this thread of minisites still doing well in 2015.

    I won't hold my breath waiting for replies.....
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  • Profile picture of the author wolfmmiii
    I wouldn't recommend microsites (never have) but you can in fact get them indexed within an hour. It's not hard. Ranking is a different story. Profiting significantly from them? Another story.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    I'd say it is possible but results will vary person to person
    The better value you offer on each site, the better off you will be (IMO)
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    • Profile picture of the author saqarra
      Thank you guys for your input on micro sites! You've saved me quite a few bucks! Sure, build a business is the way to go BUT what is the best route for immediate income? How easy is it to start off with CPA's? Or is there anything better?

      Cheers,
      Jon
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      • Profile picture of the author dbsmitty
        Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

        Thank you guys for your input on micro sites! You've saved me quite a few bucks! Sure, build a business is the way to go BUT what is the best route for immediate income? How easy is it to start off with CPA's? Or is there anything better?
        It's kinda the question everyone starts with and unfortunately leads many newbies to buying crap that promises the moon but delivers dirt.

        Personally I haven't had much luck with CPA - even after having purchased a few WSOs on the subject and following their instructions to the letter. I think a lot of people create WSOs based on unproven methods that "sound good" but don't really work. Which is why you should never put any stock in a review that's written by someone who wrote their review right after having taken the course (assuming the product is a course or an ebook) and are high from the hype but haven't put it to the test yet. Which in the IM world seems to be the vast majority of product reviews.

        I think if I were starting from scratch and needed a make some decent money quick method, I would try selling high-ticket items using Facebook advertising with wealthy buyers as my target audience. FB lets you choose your target using various specifics as criteria. Of course the more specific you get, the smaller the reach. But that's not necessarily a bad thing...

        You can target an audience based on online spending habits, income, interests, etc. And you don't have to have a huge budget, but naturally the more you can spend on advertising the better your chances are.

        If you sell a high-ticket item as an affiliate where your commission is 1k, you'd only have to make one sale a day to make 1k a day. I'm not saying you'll do that right out of the gate. But I would do some research, find what's in demand and what you can make some big commissions with.
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        • Profile picture of the author saqarra
          Thanks Greg,

          I guess it takes a lot of work doing research; keywords and the right niche. Any suggestions you have for high-priced niches? Cheers,
          Jon
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      • Profile picture of the author ANonnaMoose
        Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

        what is the best route for immediate income?
        Best ways for immediate income:
        1-sell on eBay
        2-sell on Amazon
        3-sell your skills directly (writing, website building, etc.).
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        • Profile picture of the author ianherculson
          Just wanna throw my 2 cents in

          I still think small sites that are optimized properly can rank extremely quickly and make a lot of money provided the keyword research was done properly. I have been making $1000/month from a tiny site that took only 2 back links to get to first page of Google for multiple keywords. This site still gets 1600 - 2000 hits per day.




          Just cause someone can't do something themselves, doesn't mean it can't be done.

          This thread is so full of people saying it's a waste of time and money, but what would be really nice is if instead, it was full of people saying "here's how I did it".
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          • Profile picture of the author adetechblog
            Originally Posted by ianherculson View Post

            Just wanna throw my 2 cents in

            I still think small sites that are optimized properly can rank extremely quickly and make a lot of money provided the keyword research was done properly. I have been making $1000/month from a tiny site that took only 2 back links to get to first page of Google for multiple keywords. This site still gets 1600 - 2000 hits per day.




            Just cause someone can't do something themselves, doesn't mean it can't be done.

            This thread is so full of people saying it's a waste of time and money, but what would be really nice is if instead, it was full of people saying "here's how I did it".
            This is exactly what I wanted to know, is one of the reason why I chose to follow the thread to this end, however... How do you do it?
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      • Profile picture of the author GregDeTisi
        Hi Jon. Personally I have found that piggy backing off of very popular videos is powerful and creates a much easier income than trying to master Google and going deep into what works and what doesn't. What you do is to find a very popular video in a niche that is popular also and that you want to be in. So here's how it works
        1) FIND THE VIDEO CONTACT OWNER ASK TO PAY THEM $5 PER MONTH TO ADD ANNOTATION OF YOUR VIDEO
        2) ENSURE YOU HAVE CREATED YOUR OWN VIDEO WHICH LEADS TO AN AFFILIATE OFFER
        3) YOU HAVE LEVERAGED MASSIVELY AND YOU WILL GET SALES AS YOU HAVE DONE RESEARCH ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT THE VIDEO IS BEING SEEN.
        4) YOUR VIDEO WILL BE NO LONGER THAN 1 MINUTE OTHERWISE PEOPLE GET BORED OF IT (ensure your link is clickable below your video)
        5) HAVE A SIMPLE SQUEEZE WITH FREE BOOK OR SOMETHING AND THEN A One time offer after they are on your list.
        6) THAT OTO will be $7-$10 NO MORE.
        7) YOU ARE BUILDING A LIST THEN AND CAN OFFER HIGHER END STUFF RELEVENT


        LIKE THIS COMPLETE PROCESS:

        HIGH TRAFFIC VIDEO>ANNOTATION THAT LEADS TO YOUR VIDEO>YOUR VIDEO HAS CLICKABLE LINK BELOW>THE LINK LEADS TO SIMPLE SQUEEZE PAGE WITH FREE OFFER>AFTER THE FREE OFFER AND CAPTURING THEIR E_MAIL YOU OFFER AN OTO LIKE $7 PRODUCT>THEY ARE ON YOUR LIST AND YOU CAN SELL TO THEM AS YOU HAVE AN AUTRORESPONDER SERIES

        You can outsource the whole process if it is too techy to fiverr.com May be $30-40.

        This is quickest way I know to get affiliate commissions in ANY NICHE. So, look at the top niches out there. Focus your time on 1 niche. Choose OTO products from here like a WSO' or Clickbank stuff! Get paid monthly = promoting affiliate products like membership sites, recurring commission sites like mobile phones etc.

        Once you have set this up once and tweaked it you can do it over again.

        Hope this helps!
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      • Profile picture of the author David Bynon
        Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

        Sure, build a business is the way to go BUT what is the best route for immediate income?
        Jon,

        If you're looking to invest in immediate results, why not buy a web business that's already proven itself? Why take the risk of learning to do it all yourself when you can buy a site that's performing and then work to make it better?

        I agree with Randall above. Build a business and focus on one thing. This is the only method that has brought me success online.

        BTW, it rarely ever happens fast or without a lot of work.

        David
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      • Profile picture of the author stackman
        Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

        Thank you guys for your input on micro sites! You've saved me quite a few bucks! Sure, build a business is the way to go BUT what is the best route for immediate income? How easy is it to start off with CPA's? Or is there anything better?

        Cheers,
        Jon
        Immediate income? If we knew the answer to that, we'd all be rich, immediately. It took 4 years for my main site to start making an income that allowed me to quit my day job, and that was a some years ago when it was much easier to do. It continues to do well, although not as well as before, since Google has messed with search rankings over and over again. Content is still king. There are no shortcuts, in my opinion.

        CPA? Yes, that still works but you have to have the right offers for your site or it's a waste of time. Throwing up insurance CPAs on a Hip Hop music site won't work.
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    • Profile picture of the author taffie
      I want to believe marketing is all about doing the right things in the right order, the real important thing being putting in the required action to make things work.

      It's interesting to think minisites no longer work, and PLR do not work, I have always been of the opinion there are always people who are new to the internet, billions of them, wannabes? You tell me how these sites can not work if you put them in front of the right people??

      I strongly believe there is alway someone looking for what you have right NOW!

      Listen guys, let's not be fooled or lied to, study how these work and more importantly put in the work? And I mean put in the work, massive action is what is required.

      Trouble is we expect things to work because we are simply online, sadly things just don't work that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author sparrow
    it all depends on niche/keywords

    some niches it still works but mostly not in popular niches
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  • Profile picture of the author essmeier
    Instead of building dozens of microsites, why not put all of the content into a single authority site? It's actually less work in the end; when a new product comes along, you just need to add a new page or post and you won't have to buy a new domain name.

    That's my current plan of attack. One. Big. Site.

    Charlie
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  • Profile picture of the author Delboy Trotter
    the key here is the keyword you choose, If you can do a proper keyword search then you will earn with micro site
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  • Profile picture of the author dana67
    It is possible if you find the right niche. It all boils down to getting traffic that turns into conversions.
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  • Profile picture of the author MMartin89
    If you are good with SEO, you can make nice living with those sites but nowadays that's just an old concept that used to crush it for other people!
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  • Profile picture of the author winnermarketing
    Mini sites getting indexed within an hour is a mirage.
    You could earn by microsites if you have a good PPC strategy and a good autoresponder!
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  • Profile picture of the author KevL
    It depends on what you mean by Micro-site or mini sites - and it depends on how competitive the search terms are that you're targeting.

    Can a website on an exact match keyword domain get indexed and ranking for that search term in a relatively short space of time - Yes, definitely, I do it often. Within an hour, doubtful - well possibly you might get it indexed within an hour in that it's in the serps when you search for the domain name.

    I like to use the phrase "horses for courses" - I do agree that in some cases big authority sites are the best, but also I think very tightly targeted niche sites have their place also.

    What I use such sites for are for generating enquiries for more traditional bricks and mortar type clients - you wouldn't believe the amount of enquiries that I can generate for a traditional business which would usually deal offline with clients, by getting the EMD for their main search term and building a small website all geared up to generated leads.

    Do I think you could use the same tactics for more competitive search terms, or for direct sales conversion, probably not - horses for courses.

    By the way when I say it depends what you mean by microsites/ minisites - when I do this I usually have at least a few pages of content, and the content is well written, high quality and relevant. If what you mean is a single page site with hardly any content and just a squeeze - I wouldn't expect them to do so well.
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    • Profile picture of the author oia2015
      I am in this industry. Have recently put my thoughts to paper and setup a course teaching people how to do it.

      There is alot of work that goes into it. In my experience the best sites to get into are ones where there is little to no supply in the area you are targetting. Legal drugs, foreign herbs and teas. They get indexed quickly and the content is reasonably easy to write and make it worth reading.

      One of my most profitable niches is in a tea which is almost exclusively bought online, my strategy for each site is to build an overwhelming online social presence while focusing on SEO. It is possible to make money on a site in your first week, you just have to put in the hours on social media to do it.

      I do outsource alot of my work now while I am setting up my side business.
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      • Profile picture of the author Maddame
        Sure, but again in most of these cases, the only one making money will be you. Getting paid to tell people what to do to get paid, while in reality after they do it, they won't get paid.

        Got it?

        I have been in this long time. It is a game. And the smart lives from the foolish. That's all.


        Originally Posted by oia2015 View Post

        I am in this industry. Have recently put my thoughts to paper and setup a course teaching people how to do it.

        There is alot of work that goes into it. In my experience the best sites to get into are ones where there is little to no supply in the area you are targetting. Legal drugs, foreign herbs and teas. They get indexed quickly and the content is reasonably easy to write and make it worth reading.

        One of my most profitable niches is in a tea which is almost exclusively bought online, my strategy for each site is to build an overwhelming online social presence while focusing on SEO. It is possible to make money on a site in your first week, you just have to put in the hours on social media to do it.

        I do outsource alot of my work now while I am setting up my side business.
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        • Profile picture of the author I am Jacqui
          Biggy Fat. If you are not in internet marketing now, what are you doing. I only ask because I know I have to become an internet marketer myself in order to support myself, but am a bit confused as to where to start and whether I have missed the IM boat. Thanks. Jacqui
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      • Profile picture of the author John Hadfield
        That sounds very interesting. I am sure that I could find a suitable product. Could you please give me details on how to get your instructions for this? John - service@oxfordtranslation.net
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  • Profile picture of the author Maddame
    Mini-sites get indexed if they provide good content. But I see many marketers missing the point by clustering their sites with irrelevant ads.

    The best is to have a product. Your own product. Addressed to a niche market and solving a specific problem. The rest is just speculation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Biggy Fat
    Wow, micro niche sites. I remember I was heavily invested in these when I was doing internet marketing. I remember the good ol' Xfactor sites. Worked really well. Sold one for $650 a few years back. But of course, today it's much harder to rank.
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      BiggyFat: What do you do now?
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  • Profile picture of the author roxy
    Here is the link of the Fellow Warrior Member - Truly Warrior

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  • Profile picture of the author O0o0O
    You used to be able to do that, but there is not much emphasis placed on that anymore. Google is beginning to support more of a holistic approach, taking into account the social graph into its SEO algorithm.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    The problem with Microsites is that Google wants to share the best content possible.

    This means, in my opinion, content that people interact with, share, and content that's actually read (think bounce rate) will be rewarded with organic SEO ranking.

    So, whether or not you can "Rank" some tiny site or not is a red herring.

    More important, is whether or not people are actually engaging, reading, and sharing your content. (So that it stays ranked over time, that's the golden ticket).

    (Yes, I honestly believe that social interaction, bounce rate and sharing are the future of SEO, because Google wants to share content that's read by and deemed as credible by the masses).

    It's difficult to get people sharing, reading, and enjoying your content unless you have a constantly fresh stream of it.

    Just my humble $.02, and if I brainstormed more on the topic my ideas would probably evolve.



    Later

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  • Profile picture of the author brada7x
    There is sooo much misinformation in this thread. It is still very possible to make a decent living off micro niche sites. 5 to 10 pages? Not really the way to go. 20-30 pages, absolutely. It's all about doing proper keyword research, promoting the right products, and providing quality content. You don't need to be an SEO mastermind or have a ton of investment cash to make it work. You just have to put forth the effort to make useful sites that provide value and plenty of well-written, relevant content.
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  • Profile picture of the author tmax2015
    Hi Marc here,

    It is not easy to answer, as a Belgian, but I do my best
    I don't know if I should reply here, but I can tell you that I was about 1.5 month ago ran around with the same question.

    I came by chance on the google snpier 3.0 course and was sold directly, not only through the presentation of George but also the whole system of google sniper 3.0.
    Now we are 1.5 month to see further

    What with mini sites? I believe in it, and it is especially important that you do follow the course of google sniper 3.0 correctly and fully, and the rest comes by itself once you've mastered it. Believe me I know nothing of build, seo, websites or internet marketing until now.

    And if I can, then anyone can, you may contact me through the different ways
    If you have nothing boots up, you can also do not know if it works
    I hope that I have something for you, best regards,
    Marc Phlippo
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  • Profile picture of the author tmax2015
    I keep especially believe in SNIPER SITES

    Can someone take me by the hand on this forum? where I can post something and where not?
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  • Profile picture of the author aniketk
    Let Us try and see ourselves. Tell me if you like my idea. Those who want to make money from niche sites give me your names.

    Each of us will start their own niche site on a free or paid platform. We will keep track of each others site, guide and supervise each other. What do you say??

    We will make a group and discuss our progress.

    We will also discuss how to create quality content in less time possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author kashaziz
    I think it is still possible to make a passive earning from micro sites. Certainly not the kind that you may boast about a few years back, but enough to keep the costs covered. It all boils down to the niche and traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
    Thank you guys for your input on micro sites! You've saved me quite a few bucks! Sure, build a business is the way to go BUT what is the best route for immediate income? How easy is it to start off with CPA's? Or is there anything better?
    I don't know about mini sites, but I know that you want to build a site that will grow. Whether it be slow or fast as long as it grows and keeps growing over time. The best way to keep growing is to build a list regardless of which model you choose.

    Build that list and over time you won't have to spend much on advertising.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author imranfaq
    Hi.

    1st of all i apologize for my language, my English is not so good.

    In my opinion there is difference between "Micro Site" & "Niche Site". Micro Sites are short lived because peoples using it for there short term purposes like a product launch, product review and they are not updating their content regularly & quality of content on that type of sites are not value for audience, only for optimization so when they come under Big G Algorithm they lost rankings.

    On the other hand if u make proper niche site and create value content regularly for your audience not for Big G, it will stay forever, people love to share with their friends and this make in the eyes of google a better image, but it takes some time to come up but its results long lasting.

    So 1st we understand the difference between these two, when we understand its much easier for us to make decision whether we go for long term or short term.
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  • Profile picture of the author beautifulBeamon
    If you had to start creating minisites right now, I would definitely suggest you to utilize social media channels, if done right, you can do it even more sufficiently then people were doing it almost a decade ago!
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  • Profile picture of the author Azlan.MY
    I've build tons of mini sites in the past. If you want instant traffic, such as product launch jacking, yes you can create mini sites and build backlinks to it. Yes, you can get ranked fast if you build backlinks and you can make money from them but only for short term. Can you make good living from it? The answer is no. The income is not sustainable. For longer term, build an authority site instead.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gabbarsingh
    I know people who are crushing it with 10 page micro sites. .. but ì haven't been able to get there. .myself
    I know some micro niches focused on affiliate marketing or cpa works and i am working towards that
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    It's in your best interest to find one niche, and build a website and BUSINESS around it. Running around building microsite after microsite will dilute the amount of time you spend into each site. If you want a stable business, don't do microsites.
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  • Profile picture of the author Makis77
    Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

    I've heard of many failures but also a few who are "crushing" it. Apparently Goog is trying to get their oar in with some of their zoo characters. I've also heard of mini sites getting indexed within an hour, Is this BS?
    NO IT IS NOT!
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    • Profile picture of the author martinp
      You can certainly make a good living with small sites (8-15 pages) but if you're relying solely on Google it's probably not the most reliable way. Your $5000 a month income could turn to $500 overnight with just one Google update if you're doing something Big G doesn't like.

      Having said that though it's still one of my favorite ways to make money. There's nothing more satisfying than seeing a few days of work turn into a relatively passive $500+ a month.

      When I say a few days, that includes time to research, write a pillar article for my money page, outsource some more information articles, and get the site up and running.

      If you're good enough at doing keyword research you should be able to rank pretty easily in Google without any backlinks, or with just minimal backlinks.

      Just as a quick example 2 weeks ago I threw up a review site for an Amazon product - 1 x 1200 word article (top 3 products) and 3 x 600-800 word articles. It was just 1 day's work and I haven't had time to work on the site since.

      It has already made $30 and just starting to rank on Google for a number of keywords. Nothing to write home about yet, but until 2 days ago it was only ranking on Bing and Yahoo and they never send much traffic anyway. I expect it to make at least $500 a month and probably more in the lead up to Christmas.

      I will of course add some more articles but it's a really small niche so probably won't have more than 10. Also depending on where it ranks in the next week or so I may add some backlinks. The competition is low so I don't expect to have to do much work to get it ranking well.

      Just don't rely on small sites to bring in the bulk of your income because if you do you might end up sorely disappointed if anything goes wrong. There's no reason not to build a few though if you come across a hot niche with low competition (they're not easy to find but they do exist). Plus any site can start as a micro niche site but you can always add more articles and build it into an authority if you feel it's worth doing so.
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  • Building niche micro sites used to be my main income producing method until the infamous Google updates. Many of my sites were thin and others didn't have enough link diversity. I focused on volume site building instead of building just a few authority sites.

    You can still make money with microsites but its hard to sustain long term. You can go the 'churn and burn' method to quickly rank sites and keep doing this over and over again but it can get exhausting. If you build a niche site look at something larger and make it into a large authority site rather than a one hit wonder.
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  • Profile picture of the author WingmanSee89
    If you are going to be depending on mighty ol' google, then it won't be a good idea IMHO, it used to crush it for other marketers who were smart enough to jump on that bandwagon early on..
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert999
    Originally Posted by saqarra View Post

    I've heard of many failures but also a few who are "crushing" it. Apparently Goog is trying to get their oar in with some of their zoo characters. I've also heard of mini sites getting indexed within an hour, Is this BS?
    Micro Niche Sites may be a good way to make money if you are doing them right. I am not talking here about 10 pages websites with exact match domains and links from link networks. This business model was successful few years ago but now you cannot earn from same method.

    But it does not mean that you cannot earn from micro sites or cannot rank higher is SERPs. The key point is doing good Keywords research. Then write long reviews (1000+ words). Make your reviews really helpful for readers and enrich them with good images, videos etc. I suggest to add at least 50 long reviews/posts on niche websites. According to my experience these websites can easily generate 100-200 visitors per day from Google without even doing any backlinking. You can earn $10-$25 or even more depending upon the price of product you are promoting and your conversion rate.

    This was just my experience. If anyone else had success with niche/micro sites, then please share it here...
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  • Profile picture of the author waken
    No, no. It's not BS. It's still possible. But it's also quick quick for the site to get sandbox deep down the searches till nowhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author warsamantha
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    It depends on what you mean by Micro-site or mini sites - and it depends on how competitive the search terms are that you're targeting.
    yep im totally agree, i use mini sites stragies to get traffic. For me is allways easier waste time in some sites than focus the quality in one, yes maybe i am not a great SEO and i started to do microsites when microsites neta put out my 'quality content web' from the 1st goog page. So i suposse all depends on what you are doing best
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  • Profile picture of the author ramonelu
    Honestly I don`t think it works anymore... you have to waste a lot of energy and time to write good content for each website and then to promote it. If you don`t proceed this way, I doubt that you will achieve some results.
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  • Profile picture of the author lordgreen
    From what I have read so far here, I can see that many are saying micro or niche, or mini site are no longer making money, and that big G could send it to trash.

    OK! Can someone define what they mean by mini, micro niche or whatever site.

    All I know is content is king, big G needs original contents to rank your websites and the more the contents the more the ranking on SERP and the more your web or blog rank, the more the people who are looking for information sees your page and also sees your links or ads. Provided your information gives them good hope or solution, the more they are going to click your ads or to follow your links and thus lead to money making.

    EMDs are good, provided you can relate your contents with the name and everything must be talking about the niche or industry you chose.

    The only problem is when you are having micro blog or site you will soon get to a stage where you do not have anything to write about and thus lead to big G to lower your ranking and the more and the more; big G does not want any site without any consistent activities on their ranking list. IMO.

    That is not to say the authority site are not good but mind you, if not adding contents on the same could be problem with big G.
    Cheers.
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